London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders -- the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.
Unsure if the virus has spread past England's borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return. Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?
Zeppelins dot the sky and Marauders roam the bombed-out streets of Everland, formerly London, in this darkly imaginative take on Peter Pan. Fifteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her siblings Joanna and Mikey are struggling to survive since their parents failed to come home after the war started. A virus set free when Capt. Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer (aka Hook) conquered London has moved beyond its borders. Hook aims to find a cure using children who are immune, but Pete, his Lost Boys, and Lost Girl Bella have no plans to get themselves captured. When Joanna goes missing, Pete offers to help find her. What follows is a fast-paced adventure set in and under a ruined city where steam-powered weaponry collides with the ingenuity of the Lost Children. In an exemplary debut, Spinale uses Gwen and Hook's voices to offer glimpses into the psyche of a man desperate to please his cruel mother and a girl intent on saving the only family she has left. This is a magical, wondrous treat, with a conclusion that's nothing less than epic. Ages 12 up.
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The Best Book Ever!!!
I’ve loved this book the moment I got it! Wendy Spinale has inspired me to write my own story. I’m currently writing my own stories on Storybird.
Everland, is my favorite book in this whole entire series, even though I only read Everland and Umberland.
Gwen, she’s so brave. Wendy Spinale weaves letters into words, words into sentences, sentences into paragraphs, paragraphs into chapters, and chapters into a magnificent story.
This is my favorite book. I like reading fantasy or realistic fantasy with a little Disney kind of magic. I’ve read this book twice in one year and it’s my favorite between all of the other books I’ve read. I haven’t read Orlando but I have read umberland and Everlands better than umberland the book. I’m sorry but I would prefer everland.
I am 16 years old and I was getting tired of all the lovey dovey romance books that were the same as the last. I wanted a book that had the right amount of romance with the right amount of action. Wendy Spinale provided it in this wonderful tale! It's not like the typical fairy tale spin offs, this is much more than a Grimm Fairytale. This book takes an entirely different perspective on the story of Peter Pan and Wendy Darling. I will recommend this to everyone I meet. Thank you Wendy Spinale for taking your time to write such a well balanced book. Please write more!